Don’t you love it when a plan comes together? Mother-nature provided the perfect afternoon – sunny, warm (everything is relative!), and calm – and Mississippi National River and Recreation Area provided rangers and volunteers, poles and holes, bait and other necessities that allowed kids who might not otherwise have this experience a chance to see what all the commotion is about. On Saturday, February 13, the second annual “Introduction to Ice-Fishing” for kids and families was held on on Pickerel Lake, a backwater lake on the Mississippi near downtown Saint Paul, Minnesota. Yes, believe it or not, there are kids here who don’t grow up fishing on ice, but about 100 kids and family members turned out for the opportunity last Saturday.
Along with ice-fishing, there was a learning and game station where they learned about winter fish survival, knot-tying, how to be safe on the ice and where to fish year-round on and near the Mississippi River as it passes through our park – and of course the opportunity to become a Junior Ranger.
While no one in our group caught anything, kids being kids they had fun anyway fishing and otherwise playing in the snow. This event was part of our on-going effort to get kids and their families outdoors, and to connect them to the Mississippi’s superb natural and recreational resources.